Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) AdvCert

Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) AdvCert
AdvCert Non-Medical Prescribing prepares nurses, midwives, specialist community public health nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals to practise within current non-medical prescribing legislation.

This undergraduate course is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice. Successful students will be registered with their relevant professional body as being a non-medical prescriber.

The course will prepare students to become knowledgeable with the principles of prescribing practice. Students then apply these principles to their individual areas of clinical practice. Learning and assessment is via pharmacology and numeracy examination, portfolio of professional development, OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination) and clinical assessment document.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

Over 26 weeks.


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September, January

Entry Requirements:
You must have at least three years’ experience post-qualification and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe, eg. neonates, mental health. Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer.

In addition to this entrants must:

  • Be registered with HPC or NMC (Level 1 RN, RM, or SCPHN) or GPhC and/or PSNI.
  • Meet specific entry requirements set by their professional body.
  • Be approved by Trust Prescribing Lead and Clinical Manager.
  • Hold a current criminal identity check to meet specific requirements of their professional body.
  • Have identified an appropriately qualified designated medical practitioner.
  • Demonstrate ability to study at academic Level 6 and 7.
  • Be familiar with Internet usage/Microsoft word processing.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The Advanced Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing prepares nurses/midwives, specialist community public health nurses, pharmacists and relevant allied health professionals to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. It is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice by prescribing as Independent Prescribers and/or as Supplementary Prescribers using clinical management plans according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The generic nature of the course enables the student to apply the theory directly to his or her own practice area or speciality.

The course comprises of 26 theory days and 12 practice placement days, over a six month period, in line with the Department of Health requirements.

Students will undertake 13 days of direct multi-professional teaching and one day for examinations at the Preston campus.

Students will undertake 12 days of directed study based upon their identified learning needs. Allied health professionals and pharmacist students will be required to state two "defined conditions" for which they could prescribe and focus on during the course.

Practice days are negotiated between the students and designated medical practitioner but must be completed within the duration of the course. A minimum of six of the practice days must be spent with the designated medical practitioner.

Students can choose to study at either Level 6 or 7 depending on their academic qualifications and experience. The Level 6 module (NU3023) is designed for undergraduate students who may be working towards an academic degree and who have only undertaken a minimum amount of Level 6 study previously. Although, if you do have a degree you can still choose to undertake the Level 6 module.

The Level 7 module (NU4023) is designed for graduates who wish to pursue postgraduate Level 7 study. Please note that this course's academic level of study relates to knowledge, understanding and thinking skills relevant to prescribing and will be assessed mainly through portfolio writing. NU4023 students will also have these skills assessed through a viva. Level 7 students will be expected to demonstrate a greater ability to critically appraise, synthesise and evaluate prescribing knowledge and understanding.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Classroom, clinical practice, home study for directed learning/blended learning element of programme.

Four parts - numeracy and pharmacology examination, OSCE, portfolio of professional development and clinical assessment document.

Academic Expertise

The teaching team is very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes, with team members have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications. The course leader is Chair of the North West Non-Medical Prescribing Education Group and other team colleagues are members of prescribing forums and groups. The teaching team have well established links with Trust Non Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region.

Learning outcome & aims

The course prepares professionals to practise as Independent Prescribers and /or Supplementary Prescribers, according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


‘Just to give you a feedback on how useful the NMP course has been to me, I have been scoring 100% in my clinical governance surveys since I completed the course . Also I have landed myself a new job as a PBC development pharmacist (advising GPs on rational prescribing) with North Lancs PCT’. Many thanks, D.B. (pharmacist)

‘loved the course, best I've attended’. V.T. (Advanced Practitioner)

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Application for the course is made directly to the University following completion of the specific Non-Medical application form that be obtained from this website.

Our student selection process is underpinned by  the National  Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is  consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

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